Our completed projects


Rapid evaluation and modelling of changes in personal exposure to fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) and related consequences for health and behaviour during the response to the Covid-19

The COVID lockdown periods provided the opportunity to study very rapid and profound behaviour change at both individual and population levels and to determine the impact on personal exposure to air pollutants. One of the aims of this project will be to evaluate changes in exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the air and to estimate the health impacts of these changes on population health. This will provide the PH-PRU and policymakers with information on how lifestyle and behaviour changes related to lockdowns impact on cardio-respiratory health. Read more
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Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) Scheme Evaluation

This project is undertaken as a PH-PRU ‘Responsive’ project to evaluate the initial phase of the PHIRST scheme and to make recommendations for its development. Our aim is to conduct a light-touch assessment of the scheme, similar to a formative evaluation, and to capture learning around what processes appear to work. Read more
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Wider societal benefits (WSBs) of public health interventions

This new project aims to assess the use of WSBs in the economic evaluation of public health interventions. It will also assess how prioritisation of policies based on health and WSBs combined impacts on population health and health inequality compared with prioritisation based on health gains alone. Read more
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Assessing the longer-term impact of standardised packaging of tobacco

This project aims to evaluate the longer-term impact of standardised packaging and how it impacts on health inequalities in smoking. As well as looking at the impact on warning salience, pack and brand appeal, harm perceptions, cognitive and emotional response to smoking, it will also examine cessation-related behaviours, and variations by socio-economic status. Read more
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Changing lifestyle risk behaviours in disadvantaged groups: evidence synthesis

Interventions to support healthy lifestyles in disadvantaged groups are essential if improvements in their health are to match and outstrip those in the wider population. This project will determine which interventions are likely to be effective (and ineffective) with which groups and identify barriers and facilitators to adopting healthy lifestyles. Read more